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Welcome from the Chiefs

My name is Adam Pagryzinski, one of the 2021-2022 Anesthesiology Chief Residents along with Rushi Patel, MD, and Heather Wichman, MD. Thanks for your interest in our residency program. I’m excited to share my experiences at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee!

I truly believe that the training offered at MCW is some of the best in the country. Our Anesthesiology residents quickly become comfortable and competent, taking care of high-acuity patients at our adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma centers (the only Level 1 centers in southern Wisconsin with a wide referral area). We receive exposure to complex cases in all surgical specialties, including complex neurosurgery, major trauma, high-risk obstetrics, complex pediatrics, liver transplant, heart transplant, ECMO/mechanical cardiac support, and a newly reestablished lung transplant program. For those interested in additional training after residency, MCW hosts fellowship programs in all anesthesia subspecialties, and every year our residents match into competitive programs nationally. MCW graduates are heavily recruited for jobs in the Milwaukee area, the Midwest, and across the country. Moreover, MCW remains a family-friendly program with excellent peer/peer and resident/attending relationships.

Originally from Indiana, I had no ties to Milwaukee or Wisconsin prior to matching at MCW. My wife and I (and our Samoyed named Nimbus) quickly fell in love with the city. As a large Midwest town, Milwaukee has thriving food, craft beer, and art scenes. With access to Lake Michigan, great weather, live music concerts, and street festivals, summers in Milwaukee are some of the best in the country. There are excellent opportunities for outdoor activities just outside the city, and our (recently very successful) professional basketball and baseball teams have revitalized downtown. Even with all the big-city amenities, Milwaukee still has the feeling of a Midwest town, and is great for families, dogs, and biking.

Thanks,
Adam Pagryzinski